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Mountains by Moonlight

1984 Mark Peiser Born: Chicago, Illinois 1938 glass 8 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (22.6 x 11.8 x 7.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson 1996.85.1 Not currently on view

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“I’d like to convince somebody there’s something inside here, something worth consideration or contemplation.” Peiser, quoted in Byrd, “Mark Peiser,” New Work, Spring 1989

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Mark Peiser has made many sculptures that show landscapes with a sun or moon hovering above. He forms the initial image by pouring layers of molten glass into a mold, then quickly adds a dollop of a different color to the hot mixture for the floating sphere. In Mountains by Moonlight a simple twist of frosted glass creates the illusion of rolling hills below a clear blue sky. The highly polished planes of glass on the outside refract the image so that we see a slightly different view from each angle.


Landscape - time - sunrise

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


About Mark Peiser

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1938

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